When tradition is silent, symbolic explanations arise.
How did this Sukkot tradition develop?
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
We draw closer to God as the month of Tishrei draws to a close.
The Haftarah reading for Simchat Torah.
Connecting the Prophets reading to the occasion.
Hoshanah Rabbah, the seventh day of Sukkot, marks the thematic end of the High Holiday period.
Connecting physical and spiritual needs at the end of Sukkot.
The end of the fall holiday season looks forward to redemption.
Observances in ancient times were associated with the land.
At the end of Sukkot, rejoicing to prove a point
Concluding the High Holiday season with joy.
Southern & Jewish
CSAs, holiday reflections and a bonus family kreplach recipe!